Redfern railway station

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Redfern
Redfern railway station.jpg
Northbound view from Platform 10 in October 2011
Location Lawson Street, Redfern
Coordinates 33°53′31″S 151°11′55″E / 33.89202°S 151.19873°E / -33.89202; 151.19873Coordinates: 33°53′31″S 151°11′55″E / 33.89202°S 151.19873°E / -33.89202; 151.19873
Owned by RailCorp
Operated by Sydney Trains
Line(s) Main Suburban
Illawarra
Distance 1.30 kilometres from Central
Platforms 12 (2 side, 5 island)
Tracks 12
Connections Bus
Construction
Structure type Ground: 10
Underground: 2
Other information
Status Staffed
Station code REF
Fare zone MyZone 1
Website Sydney Trains
History
Opened 1878
Electrified Yes
Previous names Eveleigh
Services
Preceding station   Sydney Trains   Following station
towards Epping or Emu Plains or Richmond
T1
North Shore, Northern & Western Line
towards Hornsby or Berowra
towards Campbelltown
T2
Inner West & South Line
towards Circular Quay
towards Homebush
towards Campbelltown
T2
Inner West & South Line
(Peak hour only)
towards Macarthur
T2
Airport Line
(Peak hour only)
towards Lidcombe or Liverpool
T3
Bankstown Line
towards City Circle
towards Waterfall or Cronulla
T4
Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line
towards Olympic Park
T7
Olympic Park Line
(occasional services only)
Terminus
Preceding station   NSW TrainLink   Following station
South Coast Line
(peak hours on weekdays and on weekends and public holidays)
Terminus
towards Bathurst
Blue Mountains Line
(occasional services only)
Terminus
towards Newcastle
Central Coast & Newcastle Line
(occasional services only)
Terminus

Redfern railway station is located on the Illawarra line, serving the Sydney suburb of Redfern. It is served by all Sydney Trains lines except the airport branch of the Airport, Inner West & South Line and the Cumberland Line. Some NSW TrainLink Intercity services also call at the station.

History[edit]

Lawson Street entrance
Gibbons Street entrance
Incomplete platforms
Underground platforms serve the Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line

In the early history of the New South Wales Railways, Redfern was the name of the principal Sydney terminus. It was located to the south of Devonshire Street and opened on 26 September 1855 in an area known as Cleveland Fields. This original Redfern station comprised one wooden platform in a corrugated iron shed. As traffic increased the original station was replaced in 1874 by a brick building containing two platforms. This second station, which grew to 14 platforms, was designed for through traffic if the lines were extended in the city direction. This second station was found to be too far from the city centre, so a new station (the present Sydney Central station) was built to the north of Devonshire Street and opened on 4 August 1906 [Sydney Morning Herald 6 August 1906, p6]. The 1874 station was soon demolished.[1]

A station was opened in 1876 1.3 kilometres west of the original Redfern and called Eveleigh. In 1885 Eveleigh's platforms were reconstructed at the present Redfern site, and on 21 October 1906 this station was renamed Redfern.[2]

On 1 August 1926, a further two platforms opened on the southern side (9 and 10) as part of the electrification of the Illawarra line.[3]

Platforms 11 and 12, as well as the area containing the unfinished platforms (see below), were constructed in the late 1970s as part of the Eastern Suburbs Railway construction, which opened in 1979.[1]

Until 1994, Redfern had an overhead footbridge at the Eveleigh end of the platforms, connecting platforms 1-10 by stairs. This was demolished because the funds for its maintenance were not available.[1]

A single track underground tunnel was built for steam locomotives from Central station to access Eveleigh Railway Workshops. Known as the Engine Dive, it dives to the north of Platform 1 surfacing at the southern end of Platform 10. A number of chimneys still exist, especially on Platform 1.[1]

The present Redfern station was damaged by fire in the 2004 Redfern riots. The ticketing area and station master's office were significantly damaged - and the windows in the front of the station were bricked up for almost a year afterwards to prevent further attacks. They have since been replaced with glass windows.[1]

Station configuration[edit]

Redfern has 12 platforms, 10 above ground (linked by stairs to the concourse at Lawson Street), and 2 underground (linked by stairs and escalators to the concourse at Gibbons Street). The two concourses are linked. Station offices and facilities such as toilets and the main indicator boards are located next to the Lawson Street entry.

As part of the construction of the Eastern Suburbs Railway (now platforms 11 and 12), it was proposed to build up to four platforms for the underground route. Two of these platforms were built and now are platforms 11 and 12, however, the two platforms above were half constructed above platforms 11 and 12. These are visible through a small gap in the wall opposite Platform 11, as well as by a boarded up entry portal under the Lawson Street Bridge (which was to be the down track), and a now filled-in dive tunnel under the Wells Street Sectioning Hut on the Central side of Lawson Street. The area in which the platforms were to be situated is visible from the station concourse at the entrance to Platform 10.

Platforms & services[edit]

Platform Line Stopping pattern Notes
1
one morning peak service to Central
morning peak services to Central
morning peak services to Central
services to Central
2 evening peak services to Gosford, Wyong & Hamilton via Strathfield
evening peak services to Springwood, Katoomba, Mount Victoria & Lithgow
services to Kiama
Special event services to Olympic Park
3
services to Berowra via Gordon
services to Hornsby via Macquarie Park & Epping
evening peak services to Gosford & Wyong via Gordon
4
services to Epping, Richmond & Emu Plains
late night weekend services to Hornsby via Strathfield
one weekday service to Springwood
5
services to Central & the City Circle
6
services to Homebush
services to Campbelltown via Granville
7
morning peak services to Central & the City Circle
services to Central & the City Circle
8
evening peak services to Macarthur via Sydenham & East Hills
services to Lidcombe & Liverpool via Bankstown
9
limited services to Central & the City Circle commencing from Redfern
limited services to Central & the City Circle commencing from Redfern
10
terminating services from Central
terminating services from Central
11
services to Bondi Junction
services to Bondi Junction
12
services to Cronulla, Waterfall & Helensburgh
services to Wollongong, Port Kembla, Dapto & Kiama
13 / 14 incomplete platforms situated west of Platforms 11 & 12 and behind Platform 10


Accessibility and exits[edit]

The station has three main exits - the main entrance and exit on Lawson Street next to the ticketing area (Exit A on the diagram below), a second entrance on Gibbons Street (especially for passengers using platforms 11 and 12) (Exit B on the diagram below), and a third exit to the Australian Technology Park, which is accessed by walking along platform 10 (Exit C on the diagram).

Upgrades[edit]

Since 2013 there have been a number of announcements concerning major upgrades for Redfern Station including the building of a lift to platforms 6 and 7.[4][5][6] In December 2014 Transport for NSW invited customers to provide feedback on plans for the new lift at Redfern station.[7] Work on the upgrade commenced on 13 April 2015.[8]

Station map[edit]

Station layout

Legend:

Station Concourse
Platforms
Offices/Other Facilities
Ticket Barriers
Stairs/Escalators


Transport links[edit]

Redfern does not have a connecting bus interchange. However, a stop close to the Gibbons Street entrance (near platforms 11 & 12) serves the following Sydney Buses routes:

Redfern station is served by one NightRide route:

There are stops further afield in Lawson Square, Botany Road and Redfern Street servicing bus routes to the City, Railway Square, Matraville, Pagewood and Marrickville.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Redfern Railway Station Group NSW Environment & Heritage
  2. ^ Redfern Station NSWrail.net
  3. ^ "60 Years Ago" Railway Digest August 1986 page 260
  4. ^ Accessibility upgrade for Redfern Station Transport for NSW 15 August 2013
  5. ^ Lift to be built for Redfern Station customers Transport for NSW 30 January 2014
  6. ^ New lift at Redfern progresses as geotech works begin Transport for NSW 10 October 2014
  7. ^ Have your say on plans for improvements to Redfern Station Transport for NSW 17 December 2014
  8. ^ Customers one step closer to access improvements at Redfern Station Transport for NSW 10 April 2015
  9. ^ "Route 305 timetable" (PDF). Sydney Buses. 18 March 2012. 
  10. ^ "Route 308 timetable" (PDF). Sydney Buses. 20 October 2013. 
  11. ^ a b c d e "Routes 309, L09, X09, 310 and X10 timetable" (PDF). Sydney Buses. 18 March 2012. 
  12. ^ NightRide bus services Transport Info NSW

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